Baseball Saskatchewan and Baseball Canada announced that a long-time member of Moose Jaw's minor baseball community passed away this past week.
Farris Baba spent decades as a coach, umpire and administrator for Moose Jaw minor baseball and Moose Jaw Little League.
His son, Jim Baba, is the executive director of Baseball Canada. Jim was inducted into the Moose Jaw Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. During his induction speech, he credited his father for all his success in baseball.
"My first coach like many others was my dad and I can only say thank you to him directly because I can say how much he loved this sport and his passion for it and I thank him for the opportunity it presented me in allowing me to play this sport and many others," Jim said in 2018.
A Little League diamond in the city also named after Farris Baba.
We'd like to extend our deepest condolences to our Executive Director Jim Baba and his family after the loss of Jim's father, Farris Baba.— Baseball Canada 🇨🇦⚾️ (@baseballcanada) August 13, 2020
Farris was a huge baseball fan and was involved in Moose Jaw Baseball for years as a coach, umpire and administrator.
He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/3rPxgXV3DG
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Baba family. Farris was a true baseball treasure in Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan. He will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 💙⚾️ https://t.co/jPbYJZzliC— Baseball Sask (@BaseballSask) August 13, 2020